14th National Metropolis Conference takes place in Toronto Feb. 29th to March 3rd

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14th National Metropolis Conference takes place in Toronto Feb. 29th to March 3rd

From February 29th to March 3rd, the Metropolis Project will host its 14th annual national conference at Toronto’s Westin Harbour Castle. This year’s forum brings together researchers, policy makers, community representatives and settlement organizations to exchange ideas and explore issues related to the conference’s theme “Future Immigration Policies: Challenges and Opportunities for Canada.”

The program for the four-day conference is extensive, and includes six plenary sessions, pre-conference workshops, a graduate student development day, a networking evening, and a host of workshops and roundtables covering a range of topics related to immigration and diversity.

Metropolis is an international network for comparative research and public policy development on migration, diversity and immigrant integration in cities. In Canada, the Metropolis Project is made up of 5 university-based centres. While its secretariat is based at Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Metropolis functions as an arms-length body that produces policy-relevant research on immigration and diversity, focusing on such themes as economic and labour market integration, family children and youth, and housing and neighbourhoods.

On the agenda at this year’s conference are a number of panels focused on civic and political engagement among newcomer Canadians: The Impact of Immigration Trends on Civic Engagement: A Comparative Regional View takes place on Thursday March 1st from 11:00-12:30 and, on the same day, New Citizens: New Political Realities is scheduled from 4:00pm to 5:30 pm.

The full program for the 14th Metropolis Conference is available at http://www.metropolis2012.net/home, along with information on the different registration options. 

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